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[Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC] or [MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk]

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June 5, 2012 10:15:46 AM

Hello everyone, I need help deciding on a graphic card for my first ever build!

I kind of narrow it down to the:
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB $260
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZA/ref=ox_sc_a...

- MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk 1GB $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, I am open to other recommendation within a $250 budget.
Also, I'm having a really hard time deciding between NVIDIA and AMD. Since this is my first build, I don't really know which gpu will be best for my pc.

So far, here are the components for my pc:
- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard or AsRock Z77 Extreme 4
- G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
- Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Boot Drive)
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Storage)
- Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
- OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply
- Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

- GPU???


Off topic question:
I read somewhere that the the gigabyte motherboard might have some problem when paired with the G.Skill memory.
Is that true or am I fine with the setup as of right now?
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June 5, 2012 10:31:01 AM

KaPower said:
Hello everyone, I need help deciding on a graphic card for my first ever build!

I kind of narrow it down to the:
- Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB $260
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JCNOZA/ref=ox_sc_a...

- MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk 1GB $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, I am open to other recommendation within a $250 budget.
Also, I'm having a really hard time deciding between NVIDIA and AMD. Since this is my first build, I don't really know which gpu will be best for my pc.

For a $10 difference, you get better performance & 2GB VRAM. I definitely recommend 7850. As for nVidia or AMD, both are good graphics but one is better over the other at certain price range. In any case, it depends on a card by card basis & in this case, AMD 7850 at a measly $10 more is better deal.
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June 5, 2012 10:37:43 AM

Even though I prefer Nvidia, the 7850 is better out of those two.

Also I just built 2 PC's with G.SKill Ripjaws RAM and the same Gigabyte motherboard you got listed (GOOD CHOICE!) they run flawlessly.
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June 5, 2012 11:15:39 AM

thanks for all the response so far.

I found a good deal for the GTX 480 for $220.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So, what do you guys think about:
eVGA GTX 480 vs Sapphire HD 8750 OC

I read that both gpu is relatively similar in performance and that the gtx 480 will definitely be hotter and use more power than the hd 8750.

It is still better to get the HD 7850 over the cheaper gtx480?
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June 5, 2012 11:43:13 AM

KaPower said:
thanks for all the response so far.

I found a good deal for the GTX 480 for $220.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So, what do you guys think about:
eVGA GTX 480 vs Sapphire HD 8750 OC

I read that both gpu is relatively similar in performance and that the gtx 480 will definitely be hotter and use more power than the hd 8750.

It is still better to get the HD 7850 over the cheaper gtx480?


If all you care about is price/performance, the 480 really can't be beat. However, it will have substantially higher power draw etc. I wouldn't personally do it, but that's a choice you have to make for yourself - it will perform better than a 7850 (unless you OC the 7850 yourself to very high levels).
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June 5, 2012 12:06:49 PM

KaPower said:
thanks for all the response so far.

I found a good deal for the GTX 480 for $220.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So, what do you guys think about:
eVGA GTX 480 vs Sapphire HD 8750 OC

I read that both gpu is relatively similar in performance and that the gtx 480 will definitely be hotter and use more power than the hd 8750.

It is still better to get the HD 7850 over the cheaper gtx480?

Here is your rig:
- Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard or AsRock Z77 Extreme 4
- G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
- Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Boot Drive)
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Storage)
- Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case
- OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply

All parts are cutting edge. Do you think a 2 generations old graphics card fit? For me it will definitely be an odd thing there...
Anyway, just think about how much is $40 ($260-$220) compared to overall cost of your PC...
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June 5, 2012 8:07:31 PM

Best answer selected by KaPower.
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June 6, 2012 1:39:19 AM

One more thing.
ASUS or SAPPHIRE?
Both are radeon hd 7850 OC for $260.
Since the sapphire is out of stock, should I wait for it to restock or just get the asus one?
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June 6, 2012 5:56:54 AM

ASUS is great. No need to wait for the Sapphire.
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